|ICHIKAWA ARAJIRď II|
Real name: Nakamura Fukuz˘
Guilds: Daikokuya, Takashimaya
Line number: NIDAIME (II)
Poetry name: Baiky˘
Existence: 15 October 1889 ~ 16 June 1957
Father: Ichikawa Arajir˘ I
Son: Ichikawa Arajir˘ III
15 October 1889: born in T˘ky˘ in the district of Shintomi-ch˘.
2 August 1907: his father Ichikawa Arajir˘ I died.
Summer 1928: Arajir˘ joined the troupe led by Ichikawa Sadanji II, who organized the first tour of a Kabuki troupe outside Japan. The destination was the USSR and the troupe performed in Moscow and Leningrad [more details].
23 February 1940: his master Ichikawa Sadanji II died.
March 1947: Arajir˘ played at the T˘ky˘ Gekij˘ the role of Kansuke in the drama "Keian Taiheiki".
October 1955: Arajir˘ took part in the first Kabuki tour in the Popular Republic of China, in Beijing (2~13 october), Shanghai (17~18 october) and Guangzhou (24~25 october) [more details]. Arajir˘ had the opportunity to meet the stars of the Chinese Traditional Opera like the famous Mei Lan-Fang.
January 1957: Arajir˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of ďno D˘ken in the drama "Kiri Hitoha".
February 1957: Arajir˘ played at the Kabukiza the role of Kajiwara Sabur˘ Kagemochi in the drama "Shizuka".
June 1957: Arajir˘ appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the T˘yoko Hall, where he played the roles of the land owner Sakubŕ and the gang boss Akama Genzaemon in the dramas "Jűgoya Monogatari" and "Kirare Otomi".
16 June 1957: Arajir˘ died.
Ichikawa Arajir˘ II was an important supporting actor, who made a long career from the end of the 1890s to the second half of the 1950s. He became a disciple of Ichikawa Ennosuke II after the death of Ichikawa Sadanji II. His k˘seki was great and his best role was Kanakubo in "Shuzenji Monogatari". His others atariyaku were Iga Shichir˘ ("Muromachi Gosho"), Kyűsuke ("Onoe Idahachi"), the yakko Jisuke ("Imay˘ Satsuma Uta"), H˘zen ("Ogurusu no Ch˘bŕ") and Kitamura Daizen ("K˘chiyama"). Because of his long bulbous face, he was nicknamed Nankin Mame, which means peanut in English (his face).
Ichikawa Arajir˘ II (left) and his master Ichikawa Sadanji II (right) playing the role of Kitamura Daizen and K˘chiyama S˘shun in the drama "K˘chiyama", which was staged in January 1924 at the Azabu Meijiza
The Ichikawa Fukuz˘ line of actors
The Ichikawa Arajir˘ line of actors
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